Students inspired by sheep sculpture

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Pupils at a Langley Mill school welcomed an award-winning artist who has recently designed a large sculpture of Shaun the Sheep.

Langley Mill Junior School students were entertained by Julie Vernon when she spoke to pupils about her latest project.

Julie created a five-foot mosaic-covered Shaun sculpture called Dolly as part of the Shaun in the City trail in Bristol earlier this year.

Dolly was one of 70 sculptures of Shaun the Sheep installed all over the city as part of the charity sculpture trail, in aid of The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.

The flock was auctioned for the charity earlier this month, with Dolly raising £8,500. The total raised by the auction of the sculptures was over £1million.

Julie Vernon visited the school’s deaf club to talk to the students about how she created Dolly.

The sweetie-inspired Shaun was covered in more than 25,000 glass tiles and took Julie more than six weeks to complete.

Julie Vernon said, “It was brilliant speaking to Langley Mill’s deaf club students about my Shaun in the City sculpture.

“I took along some of the materials I used and talked to them about the whole design process, from my first drawings of Dolly to the finished sculpture on display in Bristol.

“I also showed the children a slide show showing the making of Dolly at different stages.

“My design was inspired by sweeties, and I was pleased that lots of the children thought the tiles looked like Smarties! I encouraged them to guess how many different tiles were used and the weight of the finished sculpture. They also guessed the most difficult part for me to complete – underneath his belly!”

Earlier this year, the deaf club members created their own Shaun designs, as part of Shaun’s Cracking Ideas Design Challenge.

Their designs saw Shaun become everything from a superhero to a ballerina, with some giving him hearing aids.

Teacher Yvonne Selby said: “In our deaf club sessions we follow a deaf studies curriculum including technology, BSL (British Sign Language) and deaf history.

“We watched part of Shaun the Sheep the Movie with the children, which is perfect for them as there is so little reliance on sound.

“We were delighted that Julie could visit to teach us all about how she created Dolly. The children were fascinated and it was a truly inspiring visit!”